Why is it that on this night we get to recline, yet our children sit bored at our seder table? As a young girl, I looked forward to the search for the afikomen, the food, and the singing. I shouldn’t admit this, but I dreaded sitting through hours of ceremony that I barely understood. For that reason, I resolved this issue for my own kids. I provide them with their own kid’s Haggadah that we use on a first-night family seder.
In normal years, we attend a community seder on night two. There, I allow my kids above all to sit quietly at the table and enjoy coloring pages and picture books highlighting the story of Passover. They may not follow the long seder, but that’s okay. There is plenty of time for that as they grow older.
A children’s Hagaddah and a small family seder is a perfect solution for keeping the holiday while respecting social distancing.
However, this year, world circumstances have changed. Our seder will be short, fun, and highlighted by our favorite Jewish storyteller: Sammy Spider. A children’s Haggadah can be an excellent accompaniment to a traditional seder as it allows for a shorter rendition of the important Jewish Passover tradition. For us, it will be a substitute.
Our kid’s Haggadah
We retell the story each year to a growing audience. By reusing a family Haggadah year after year, we build memories. We love the Sammy Spider books, but I have also included what we believe are some of the best children’s Haggadah examples for the family seder.
Passover stories for kids
Alongside the children’s Haggadah, a great Passover story for kids will enhance the experience for your children.
Below is a selection of books that entertain and teach leading up to the holiday. They also make great Passover gifts for those who find the afikomen. I have included some popular titles below, as well as our favourite. Once again, this is Sammy Spider.
Make your own kid’s Haggadah
If none of these options appeals to you, make your own children’s Haggadah. It’s not as complex as it sounds.
A final thought on a children’s Haggadah
A kid’s Haggadah keeps children entertained through the seder. What you give up in the name of brevity, you make up in fostering a life-long love for the holiday.
Save for Passover
Don’t forget to save this on Pinterest for when you are ready to set up for Passover.
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